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BBNBA: Murray, Lyles Lose A Heartbreaker in Miami

Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets are on a losing skid at the worst possible time. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets are on a losing skid at the worst possible time. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Recap

The Denver Nuggets continue to shoot themselves in the foot over and over again. A team once poised to make some noise in the playoffs has all but fallen apart during the most important stretch of the season. After losing a double-overtime matchup against the Miami Heat, the Nuggets are now losers of five of their last 10 games. If you haven’t been keeping up with the Western Conference playoff picture, just know that is the easiest way to drop from a five seed to the 10 seed, which is where the Nuggets now stand. Trey Lyles continues to play fewer minutes ever since the return of Paul Millsap to the rotation (playing zero minutes Monday night) while Jamal Murray has been playing to his season standards. The problem doesn’t lie within the two former Wildcats, but the whole team. The Nuggets appear to fall apart and lose interest in games they should win handily. Recent losses to the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, and allowing the Miami Heat to score a franchise record 149 points in one game have turned into season-killing results. Unless something drastic changes within the next 10 games, the young Nuggets will have to wait another year for their shot at the playoffs.

But enough about the Nuggets. Bam Adebayo had one of the most athletic dunks you’ll ever see from someone his size in the win over Denver, which can be viewed in the highlights section below.

Andrew Harrison scored 19 points to go along with eight assists in his return from a nagging wrist injury that sidelined him for seven games. His future in the NBA looks brighter and brighter as every game passes.

Julius Randle continues to prove doubters wrong, posting 21 points and nine rebounds in a loss to the Indiana Pacers. If there was ever any doubt that Randle wasn’t the Lakers best player, it has long been wiped from our memories.

De’Aaron Fox had one of his best games in his young NBA career as he scored 16 points on 8-11 shooting.

In some slightly depressing news, Micahel Kidd-Gilchrist posted a -40 plus/minus as the Charlotte Hornets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 108-94. The season of misery is only getting worse for the Hornets, who need the offseason to get here as soon as possible.

Check out the rest of the stats below.

Statistics

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Jamal Murray (DEN)141-149 2OT L @ MIA235-16 (4-8)55001-1043
Julius Randle (LAL)100-110 L @ IND219-19 (0-0)93101-1234
Andrew Harrison (MEM)115-118 L @ BKN197-16 (1-5)18010+2130
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)90-106 L vs. DET168-11 (0-0)34003-1431
Malik Monk (CHA)94-108 L @ PHI134-11 (3-4)43000-516
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)117-124 L @ CLE135-15 (1-8)38225-134
Enes Kanter (NYK)110-92 W vs. CHI105-9 (0-0)131001+1017
Skal Labissiere (SAC)90-106 L vs. DET104-10 (0-1)51122-225
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)90-106 L vs. DET94-8 (0-0)65001-1130
Bam Adebayo (MIA)149-141 2OT W vs. DEN73-9 (0-0)83002-1727
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)94-108 L @ PHI52-8 (0-0)30001-4028
Trey Lyles (DEN)141-149 2OT L @ MIADNP-CD----------------
Alex Poythress (IND)110-100 W vs. LALDNP-CD----------------

Highlights

Tonight in the NBA

7:00: Raptors @ Magic

8:00 (TNT): Thunder (Patterson, Johnson) @ Celtics

8:00: Clippers @ Timberwolves (Towns)

8:00: Mavericks (Noel) @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Rondo, Liggins)

9:00: Hawks @ Jazz

10:00: Pistons @ Suns (Booker, Ulis)

10:30 (TNT): Rockets @ Blazers

Player to watch

Tonight’s player to watch is Darius Miller of the New Orleans Pelicans. Miller is in the midst of his most successful year as an NBA player, justified by his 42.6 percent three-point percentage which is tied for tenth best in the league (coincidentally with Karl-Anthony Towns). Miller has played in all 70 games for the Pelicans this season as the lead role of knockdown shooter. He’s made at least four threes in nine games this season and put up 20 points in early March against the Washington Wizards. The Pelicans need to win every game they can if they want to secure a playoff position and they have no room to lose to the Dallas Mavericks, a team completely out of the playoff picture. Look for Miller to have a big game from the perimeter as NOLA will hope to put this game to bed as early as possible.

@ZackGeoghegan

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

3 Comments for BBNBA: Murray, Lyles Lose A Heartbreaker in Miami



  1. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    2:42 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Denver will need to dangle Milsap this offseason. The team came together on the court in his absence, Lyles also being on a more team friendly contract it would give the Nuggets more flexibility moving forward while the other young players grow.



  2. Smyrna_Cat
    2:53 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Love the updates. But it would be nice to see some former Cats on WINNING teams! Hopefully that changes soon.



    • J-Dub421
      4:38 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Winning teams don’t have high enough draft picks to get UK players.